Travelogue: Maggie in Barcelona

At the end of last month, I did my bi-annual buy trip to Milan. I had realized that since I am going all the way over to another continent, I might as well get out and visit other cities while I’m in Europe. This time, I spent 48 hours in Barcelona. My purpose was to mix in with the locals, shop the neighborhoods, and gain some inspiration. To see what new thing I could find and possibly bring back to our Ballard shop.

Travel Tip: arriving at the airport and getting into the city is quite easy. They have a shuttle that leaves every 5 minutes from the airport to Plaza Catalunya and back to the airport. If you take the shuttle Aerobus you can be in and out of the city in 30 minutes.

Like I said my goal was to shop as much of the city as I could in 2 days. I managed to walk various neighborhoods, including Eixample, el Raval, Barrio Gotic, el Born and Gracia. I walked briefly through Las Ramblas, but I wanted to find unique shops and not chain stores. Turns out getting around Barcelona by foot is quite easy!

The shots below are just some of the pictures from my phone camera. Not all the pictures I took were post worthy. Click the photos below for more details. Thanks for visiting and have a relaxing weekend!

 

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Summer Daze

More summer and less Monday I say! Because we have had more June gloom in July this year than ever before (well, at least it seems like it), I am craving warmer weather to enjoy the beauty that our area has to offer. As a former Californian, my summer daze in PNW is quite different than my summers at the beach. Here are some images that capture what a now Washingtonian looks forward to in the dog days of summer.

Crescent Lake

Lake hikes with majestic views.

Summer BloomsSummer flowers that add color and fragrance to my home.

Popsicles

Homemade popsicles with seasonal berries.

outdoor dining

Setting an outdoor table to dine with friends and family.

Summer Cabin

A quiet cabin in the woods to rest and recharge.

Sunsets

Sunsets over the sound, lakes, and mountains in the peninsula.

Aren’t you ready for the weekend? I sure am. Have a fantastic week! ~ Maggie

Links and credits to the pretty pictures:

Lake|Flowers|Popsicles|Table|Cabin|Sunset

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Triennale di Milano

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Entrance to “the New Language of Italian Fashion”

While I was in Milan last month, I made some time to go view an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano. It is a contemporary art museum located in Parco Sempione very close to the Cadorna train station. The show was titled ” The New Vocabulary of Italian Fashion”.

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Travelogue: 30 Hours in London

Corner of Bulstrode Pl and Cross Keys Cl.

Corner of Bulstrode Pl and Cross Keys Cl.

I usually travel this time of year to a trade show in Milan to buy shoes for our shop in Seattle. When an extremely low ticket to London made its way through my search as an inexpensive way to Europe, and through London none the less, I jumped on it. It had been 15 years since I visited last. I had to go, right? Right!

I should preface this post by saying that I like to shop when visiting cities. I like to get a feel of what is going on and what trends are happening. I consider it my job to shop. This was not your typical 30 hours in London. I did not go to Buckingham Palace, Harrods or Kensington Gardens. Since I had been to these places before, I wanted to experience London as a local shopper. And by George, I did.

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Shoe Drive for YouthCare

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Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This year re-souL has partnered with YouthCare. In addition to donating a portion of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off our shoe drive to help collect shoes for homeless youth in need.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people living on the streets. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

• 32,494 students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2013-2014 school year.

• 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2014:

• Nearly 1,400 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center.

• 572 young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, with nearly 2/3 exiting into improved housing situations.

• 164 young people were housed in YouthCare’s transitional living programs, with over 60% exiting into more stable housing situations.

• 310 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities.

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Il Bussetto

il-bussetto-coin-casesSometimes you come across a brand that you fall in love with instantly. I remember the first time I saw an Il Bussetto wallet. A customer was at the counter and pulled it out of her handbag. I was immediately smitten and of course had to ask who made her wallet. It took me a couple of months to track it down, but we did and I was so happy to finally find a wallet collection that aligned with the quality of the assortment of shoes we have in the shop.  After all, good leather is good leather and we love nothing more than good leather!

So, when I went to Italy last September to buy shoes for the shop, I made sure to schedule an appointment with Il Bussetto at their offices in Milan. I wanted to know more about this brand, where and how these products were made, to find out their story and share it with you. Continue reading

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Pink

Could be the the typical grey drippy morning we started with today that inspired this post. But all of a sudden these past few weeks, I have really been into the color pink! It doesn’t matter which shade really, (except for Barbie pink that is)  blush, petal, fuschia, magenta or even neon. Since I typically favor orange, this is a new obsession for me. You should see my sketchbook. And of course, pink peonies are my favorite flowers.

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Hope you have a great week! xoxo ~ Maggie

Credits and Links:

Pampa Rugs/Banana image – Sonja Iekovic/Abstract – Robert Motherwell/ Pink Peony – Maggie Burns/
Paint swatches (unknown) – Pinterest/Pink sky – Style Devil/  Pink Wallet – Il Bussetto / Readers ~ See-Concepts